The $30 million package to help combat family violence will be a potential life-saver says Shepparton's FamilyCare chief executive David Tennant.JOHN LEWIS June 2, 2014 11:45am
The government funding, announced on Friday, is aimed at expanding its Strengthening Risk Management program to streamline links between police, courts, and family welfare groups.
Shepparton’s FamilyCare chief executive David Tennant said any money aimed at strengthening links between services was vital.
‘‘If you don’t have reliable links, then vulnerable people can suffer. People have died because of this,’’ Mr Tennant said.
Premier Dennis Napthine said the four-year funding package would help fast-track police reports and referrals in family violence cases; expand case management support for women and children fleeing violence; and evaluate family violence initiatives, such as perpetrator interventions, to ensure their effectiveness.
Mr Napthine described family violence as ‘‘a modern scourge of our society’’.
He said people could no longer turn a blind eye to what might happen behind closed doors.
‘‘As a community, we must make sure we bring this issue into the spotlight and address it head-on,’’ he said.
Mr Tennant said the future would tell whether the government’s response was adequate.
‘‘Making sure police, welfare services and other groups are talking to each other is a great principle,’’ he said.
‘‘Congratulations to the government. But whether it’s enough, we just can’t tell yet.’’
Coca-Cola Amatil has confirmed it will be pressing on with its $100 million redevelopment of SPC Ardmona.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
A snake was spotted this afternoon.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
Tomorrow is a Total Fire Ban day in Deniliquin, meaning no fires can be lit in the open and all fire permits are suspended.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
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